The PS4 has opened the floodgates for new and innovative titles. As independent developers are free to bring their ideas to console, we’re seeing a lot of games that offer unique experiences. Jettomero: Hero of the Universe is an explorative game with bouts of action where you play as a sentient robot in a search for answers about who is he and where he came from.
With a loveable main character, a unique premise, and a beautiful art style does Jettomero provide a must play experience, or does it get lost in the vacuum of space? Read on to find out!
A Voyage of Self-Discovery
Jettomero: Hero of the Universe starts with a unique premise. You play as a sentient robot who finds himself marooned on an unknown planet with no memory of who he is or why he’s there. As you begin to explore the various worlds, you’ll eventually come across monsters that you fight in the hopes that you can save innocent lives.
After each of these fights, a piece of Jettomero’s memory comes back. These moments of backstory are delivered via comic book panels that slowly unravel the origins of Jettomero and the greater mystery at hand.
Jettomero himself offers occasional dialogue and input on the events and backstory. Even though he doesn’t speak much, he has a great personality that instantly made me root for him. As you meander through the planets, he will constantly apologize for breaking things, for example.
The story takes some twists and turns as you unveil the past. The present also has a few surprises in store before the end. While a vast majority of the story is delivered via comic book panels and revelations that have long passed, I enjoyed the journey of this loveable robot a lot.
It will probably take you a few hours to get through, but there are some fun gameplay options that could extend that time.
A Clumsy, But Loveable Robot
Jettomero himself controls like a drunken fool, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. He’s supposed to be clunky and awkward, which is why it’s funny when he tramples over a city and apologizes immediately after.
Despite tons of things trying to attack you, you won’t need to worry about taking damage in this game. The only real combat encounters are with the giant monsters. These moments involve simple button presses to complete, so they’re not difficult either.
When it comes time to decrypt one of your memories you’ll solve a simple encryption puzzle that unlocks the next piece of the backstory.
As a result of these things, the awkward way that Jettomero controls just adds to the charm, since there’s no penalty for being clumsy. As you’re exploring the planets, you can also find robot pieces that give you the chance to customize Jettomero to your liking.
Flying between the planets in any given system also offers the chance to grab chunks of yellow energy that you use to launch off planets. To earn them, you’ll need to fly through rings that appear in front of you. This is entirely optional, but it presents a challenge since controls tend to be fast and loose while flying.
The game also features a photo mode that allows you to take great screenshots of your journey. Depending on how much you like using these modes, this could extend the game’s length considerably.
Once you finish the story, you will have the opportunity to continue exploring and searching for parts or taking photos. Once you see what it looks like, you’ll probably want to take the photo mode for a spin yourself.
Gorgeous Graphics and Vibrant Color
Jettomero: Hero of the Universe utilizes an art style that looks like it jumped right out of a graphic novel. Even the dialogue appears in speech bubbles like you would expect. It’s a striking and bold presentation that I absolutely loved.
The included photo mode also gets a lot of mileage from this style, as the bold colors and thick lines really make for some excellent screenshots. Jettomero: Hero of the Universe is a simple game, but it’s one filled with beautiful scenery, a charming story, and some fun gameplay to boot.
If you enjoy games that encourage exploration and tell unique stories, Jettomero is not one to be missed.
Final Score: 8.0/10
A copy of Jettomero: Hero of the Universe was provided to PS4 Experts for review purposes
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 5/23/18